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Boy A (2007)

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The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child.

Director:

John Crowley

Writers:

Jonathan Trigell (novel), Mark O'Rowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Jack Burridge
Peter Mullan ... Terry
Siobhan Finneran ... Kelly
Alfie Owen Alfie Owen ... Eric Wilson
Victoria Brazier Victoria Brazier ... Teacher
Skye Bennett ... Angela
Madeleine Rakic-Platt Madeleine Rakic-Platt ... Schoolgirl
Josef Altin ... Bully
Dudley Brewis Dudley Brewis ... 2nd Bully
Leigh Symonds Leigh Symonds ... Eric's Dad
Maria Gough Maria Gough ... Eric's Mum
Taylor Doherty Taylor Doherty ... Philip Craig
Jeremy Swift ... Dave
Shaun Evans ... Chris
Carlene Hanson Carlene Hanson ... Waitress
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Storyline

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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They took his name so he could have a future. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some disturbing content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2008 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rapaz See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,024, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,368, 22 August 2008
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Cuba Pictures, Film Four See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Andrew Garfield. See more »

Quotes

Jack Burridge: Jack.
Terry: What?
Jack Burridge: That's the name I want.
Terry: [slowly] Okay...
Jack Burridge: Jack.
Terry: Well, that's the first thing taken care of.
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Living with the Sins of Childhood
27 October 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

BOY A is a film that moves the audience in ways few other films do. Part of this is the subject matter, part the solid drama of the novel by Jonathan Trigell on which Mark O'Rowe based his brilliantly understated screenplay, part the sensitive direction by John Crowley, and in large part is the cast of remarkably fine actors who make this impossibly treacherous story credible.

'Boy A' refers to Eric Wilson (Alfie Owen) who was jailed for a crime with his friend with whom he was associated as a youth. He has been released from prison and under the guidance of his 'parole officer/adviser' Terry (Peter Mullan), the now young adult is renamed Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) to protect him from the public who still remember the heinous crime of which he was convicted: Terry warns Jack to tell no one his real identity. Jack is assigned a new family and finds new friends in this strange world outside prison walls, but he is still haunted by the crime that changed his life. How Jack relates to his first female relationship and survives the bigotry of his classmates and city folk and finds a way to hold onto life despite his childhood 'sins' forms the development of this story.

While the entire cast is excellent, Andrew Garfield's performance as the guilt ridden needy Eric/Jack is exemplary. There are many issues this film deals with in addition to the trauma of starting life over after imprisonment, issues that are universal in nature and that probe our psyches for answers that are never easily resolved here. It is a brilliant little film from Canada. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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